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Healthcare Risk Waste

Initial is an expert in healthcare risk waste management.  Our waste disposal services are designed to help you manage your infectious, non-anatomical and pharmaceutical waste effectively, and to be fully compliant with the latest legislation.

We will provide your business or practice with a safe, compliant and bespoke waste collection and disposal service to keep your staff, customers,  or patients safe.  Our units are regularly and discreetly exchanged with stringently cleaned replacements. The number of units and the frequency of the service can be varied to suit your individual needs.

From medical waste to sharps and pharmaceutical waste, we create a service based around your needs. Our team of experts will also help you to unravel and understand the ever-changing and often confusing legislation around healthcare waste management, to ensure that you stay both legally compliant and healthy.

The correct and proper management of healthcare waste is vital; this includes separation and storage, as well as disposal. This reduces the potential risk to both humans and the environment and is a legal obligation as well. Our commitment to caring for the environment ensures that we actively seek the most responsible method of disposal for any given waste stream. Our commitment to our customers and our colleagues ensures that we collect, handle and dispose of your healthcare waste in the safest manner available.

What is Healthcare Risk Waste?

Healthcare risk waste can be defined as any waste which is produced in the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of human beings or animals, or waste that has has been in contact with blood, bodily fluids or tissues from humans or infected animals from veterinary practices, and includes:

  • Infectious waste: non-anatomical waste such as swabs, bedding, bandages, plasters etc which may have been contaminated with blood or bodily fluids.
  • Pathological waste which is further divided into:
    - Anatomical waste*:  human tissues, organs, body parts, placentas.
    (*Please note that Initial does not offer anatomical waste disposal services at present)
    - Non-anatomical waste: blood and blood by-products
  • Sharps waste: healthcare risk waste with rigid corners or edges capable of cutting, piercing or puncturing, such as needles, scalpels, razors and pipettes.
  • Pharmaceutical waste: expired, unused, spilt or contaminated pharmaceutical products, drugs and vaccines which are no longer usable in human or animal treatment.

1.1 Medical Waste Disposal

The management of medical waste, both infectious waste and non-anatomical waste, in accordance with Government waste regulations, is vital for the health and wellbeing of your colleagues and patients.

This is where Initial comes in. After completing a pre-acceptance survey to identify and categorise the kind of medical waste you are producing, Initial will advise you on the steps to take - including the products you will need to segregate - and will then put in place a safe, compliant and bespoke waste collection and disposal service.

Depending on the nature of your organisation, your waste may also include drugs and other pharmaceutical products (link to Pharmaceutical waste disposal) as well as syringes or needles (link to Sharps waste disposal).

1.2 Sharps Waste Disposal

The safe management and disposal of sharps is vital to ensure the risks associated with handling sharps are eliminated and to ensure compliance with current legislation.

What items are classed as 'sharps'?

  • Syringes
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Scalpels
  • Razors and razor blades
  • Phials
  • Pipettes
  • Test tubes
  • Glass (broken or intact)

1.3 Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal (Schedule 1-4)

It is important that all medicines are safely disposed of, as inappropriate disposal may have a negative impact on the environment and public safety.

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